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Capote/ Blanket coat
« on: November 30, 2009, 01:10:46 am »
          Does anyone else like the look of these coats? I have grown up seeing very few people wearing them. When I first got out of the Army and retired in Montana, I saw a woman wearing one at a rendevous. It was green with red stripes and she had been given by her mother. Her Grandmother had made it for the mother's wedding day. It alligned perfectly, Red stripes on the sleeve to the coat and then to the other sleeve. Perfect!
It was made from a Pendelton Blanket, I want to get one made of wool. To have it's pattern line up just as that one did.
      I wouldn't dare make one myself out of fear of messing up a good wool blanket! Some day though.

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« Last Edit: December 01, 2009, 10:41:07 pm by lonegreeneagle »
Avid outdoorsman? My son and I snowshoe and winter camp with a four season tent and no stove. When my daughter comes along we drag sleds holding the campfire style tent I made and my military style Yukon stove. We canoe and kayak long trips in the early spring till Thanksgiving. That's my son's and my last float of the canoe season as we celebrate his birthday.  My daughter more than my son loves climbing. My sore neck!
Along with the tent, I've made packs,paddles and the poor man's RV from an 18' boat trailer. It now carries our canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, camping ger and the TeePee pole

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2009, 06:13:26 am »
I want to think I've seen people wearing those at some dog sled race starts... but it could be something different (I think I've seen them made from the Hudson blankets). 

I like the look a lot--if I knew how to use my sewing machine I might give it a try.

My local Fleet Farm has surplus Italian, Swiss and Czech wool blankets--at around $20 for an Italian blanket with stripes, it wouldn't be too bad to attempt one, and then make the real deal from a Pendleton. 


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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2009, 09:41:40 am »
Not sure if these are the same but you might want to check these out.

http://www.shrewbows.com/wool_shirts/

http://jas-townsend.com/product_info.php?cPath=8&products_id=221

I have no experience with either but have been thinking about purchasing one.

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2009, 10:07:55 am »
Van,
thanks for the link to the design image.
It looks like it could be used to make a nice winter canvas jacket as well.
Either wool or canvas, it looks simple enough to me to sew something together.
I really like the idea that is a wrap-around as it gives lots of options for wearing sweaters or just a shirt underneath. Sounds like another job for a sash.  :)

I saw a home-make capote at the Snowwalkers Rendevzous in Fairlee earlier this month.
Looked good. Looked warm.

Time to start searching the surplus stores for an inexpensive wool blanket. Olive green is probably the only colour I'll find though.

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2009, 10:09:24 am »
Thinking of wool shirts and capotes as an outer layer, and thinking too of Empire Canvas' wool shirts, those "longhunter" shirts look mighty fine, except that they be of the "pull-over" sort, making it nigh impossible to remove them without taking off one's anorak as one would be want to do with either a capote or an EC wool shirt.

I've given no little thought to getting up a capote (a wee bit shorter than standard and sans the hood) to wear under my anorak. I've many Hudson's Bay blankets of divers colors I've gathered up over the years, far too many to actually use as bedding, and a couple of capotes ought to serve one well as an outerlayer under the hereaforetomentioned anorak.
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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2009, 08:32:58 pm »
Help i have pictures of a capote i made from Italian army blankets but i don't know how to post them on this board....ahhhhhh

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2009, 11:46:05 am »
Help i have pictures of a capote i made from Italian army blankets but i don't know how to post them on this board....ahhhhhh

Hi Clovishunter,
First, your images need to be stored somewhere that allows the images to be displayed on other websites. I use Picasa (http://picasaweb.google.com) and Photobucket (http://photobucket.com/). The former is easier to use in general (uploading, tagging, navigating), but the latter is easier to post images from into forums. Other folks use http://www.flickr.com.

With your images stored online, you can then link to the image to show it in your message. To do that, you can use *img* tags.

To post images from picasa, right-click on the image in Picasa and copy image location, then place the copied image url between two image tags. For instance the code to give the image below looks like:
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[img]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Uj2iLKexJdE/SZitLIA1ChI/AAAAAAAACRc/L7CFZOMCt7E/s720/P2140120.JPG[/img]


From Photobucket, find your picture and put your mouse over it - a drop down box will appear which gives several coding options including the image code for forums. Select it, copy it, and paste it when composing your message. This code gives the image below:
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[IMG]http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j43/pawistik/Miscellany/snowshoe-binding3.jpg[/IMG]


Each hosting site also gives some sizing options. Again, Photobucket makes this end easier. Click through to the picture and you can access various options including the code to give a "clickable thumbnail" which I will try out now.
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[URL=http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j43/pawistik/Miscellany/?action=view&current=snowshoe-binding3.jpg]
[IMG]http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j43/pawistik/Miscellany/th_snowshoe-binding3.jpg[/IMG][/URL]



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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2009, 05:46:25 pm »
OK here  goes it I made this from 2 Blankets as one will not work unless you're a little guy be prepared for different shades because of dye lots when you get them! I also added a shoulder cape as an extra layer have a look hope it helps out.


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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2009, 06:07:10 pm »
Love that hand whipping stich - nice detail.

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2009, 07:05:14 pm »
Very nice!
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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2009, 07:47:30 pm »
Thanks for the kind words brothers, I have to find the site I used for the general pattern and then I'll post it but remember you should tweek it foryourself when you make btw it took two days to complete it's all hand stitched and then I added the contrasting blanket stich for looks, thank again for the compliments.

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2009, 10:32:58 pm »
Very good looking coat!
You sent

http://jas-townsend.com/product_info.php?cPath=8&products_id=221

to me I found the hunting frock on the home page under "patterns" 19th century!

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Being tradition makes the winter encampment more enjoyable! The whip stitching is very good.
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« Last Edit: December 01, 2009, 10:38:53 pm by lonegreeneagle »
Avid outdoorsman? My son and I snowshoe and winter camp with a four season tent and no stove. When my daughter comes along we drag sleds holding the campfire style tent I made and my military style Yukon stove. We canoe and kayak long trips in the early spring till Thanksgiving. That's my son's and my last float of the canoe season as we celebrate his birthday.  My daughter more than my son loves climbing. My sore neck!
Along with the tent, I've made packs,paddles and the poor man's RV from an 18' boat trailer. It now carries our canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, camping ger and the TeePee pole

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2009, 06:59:08 pm »
Some instructions for making a capote can be found here:

http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/winter/gear/capote.htm

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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2009, 07:24:31 pm »
Patterns for capotes and wool blanket shirts

http://www.nwtrader.com/patterns.html

http://www.longago.com/colonialmen.html - scroll down through page
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Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2009, 12:37:33 am »
Clovishunter:  Nice looking coat!  I wish I had the skills to make my own clothing. 

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